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Astronomy, Associate in Science Degree

Banner Code: 1_AS_ASTR

Control Number: 35182

Financial Aid Eligible


Upon completion of the requirements for the Associate in Science Degree in Astronomy, students will be prepared to transfer to CSU/UC and obtain a baccalaureate degree in the following majors: astronomy, astrophysics, or physics. This degree is also a stepping stone toward research internships, entry-level opportunities within the field, e.g., observatory and planetarium operations, and provides a solid foundation for pursuing an advanced degree.

The department strongly recommends that all declared Astronomy majors complete the following courses prior to transfer:

Course Title Units
CS A131Python Programming I4
MATH A185/A185HCalculus 24
MATH A280/A280HCalculus 34
MATH A285/A285HIntroduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations4

Program Outcomes

  1. Describe the constituents of the Universe and the relevant physical processes underlying their behavior.
  2. Become familiar with the methods of observational astronomy and the analysis of data.
  3. Develop the necessary knowledge and skills to analyze evidence and evaluate claims as related to astronomy.
  4. Be prepared for admission to California State University/University of California schools in astronomy/astrophysics.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AS major requirements.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
Course Title Units
Required Courses
ASTR A100/A100HIntroduction to Astronomy3
ASTR A100L/A100MIntroduction to Astronomy Laboratory1
ASTR A200Introduction to Astrophysics4
Astronomy Electives
Select one of the following:3
Planetary Astronomy
Stellar Astronomy
Cosmology
Galactic Astronomy
Math Required Courses5-8
Calculus 1
and
Calculus 2
or
Calculus 1 and 2 Honors
Physics Required Courses8
Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics
and
Calculus Based Physics: Electricty/Magnetism
Calculus Based Physics: Modern
Total Units24-27
Requirement Units
Program Major Units 24-27
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Transferable electives as needed to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Minimum Degree Units 60

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are general course curriculum maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. The course sequence may include course prerequisites and other placement requirements. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
ASTR A100
Introduction to Astronomy
or Introduction to Astronomy Honors
3
ASTR A100L
Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory
or Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory Honors
1
MATH A180
Calculus 1
or Calculus 1 Honors
4
OCC AS GE AREA A1 - CHOOSE ONE 3
OCC AS GE AREA C1- CHOOSE ONE 3
 Units14
Semester 2
Astronomy Restricted Electives - CHOOSE ONE 3
Planetary Astronomy
or Stellar Astronomy
or Cosmology
or Galactic Astronomy
 
MATH A185
Calculus 2
or Calculus 2 Honors
4
OCC AS GE AREA C2 - CHOOSE ONE 3
OCC AS GE AREA D - CHOOSE ONE 3
ELECTIVES (DEGREE APPLICABLE) 3
 Units16
Year 2
Semester 1
PHYS A185
Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics
or Calculus-Based Physics: Mechanics Honors
4
ELECTIVES (DEGREE APPLICABLE) 11
 Units15
Semester 2
PHYS A280
Calculus Based Physics: Electricty/Magnetism
or Calculus Based Physics: Modern
4
ASTR A200 Introduction to Astrophysics 4
ELECTIVES (DEGREE APPLICABLE) 1 7
 Units15
 Total Units60